At Cascade Veterinary Clinics, we know how important it is to make the right diagnosis of your pet's illness or injury. Modern veterinary imaging helps us to see inside your pet to determine exactly the position and type of injury or abnormality. We use state-of-the-art equipment as part of the diagnostic process.
At Cascade Veterinary Clinics, our goal is to provide your pet with the best possible veterinary health care. Since your pet cannot tell us in words if something is wrong, we rely on:
- The medical history you provide us
- Physical examination
- Laboratory testing
Veterinary laboratory testing is utilized for health screenings, pre-anesthetic evaluations, as an aid in diagnosing pets with illnesses, and evaluating the success of treatments.
We offer an on-site clinical laboratory which provides us with the ability to perform complete blood counts, blood chemistry panels (including thyroid, cortisol [ACTH stimulation], and bile acids liver tests), urinalysis, blood coagulation tests, and several feline and canine viral tests.
As we are able to obtain results within minutes, this is particularly valuable for immediate pre-anesthetic testing if your pet is about to undergo surgery, as well as for timely evaluation of your pet in an emergency.
Pre-anesthetic testing gives you peace of mind and provides us with important physiological information on your pet immediately prior to anesthesia.
When more comprehensive or specialized veterinary testing is required, we work extensively with our network of outside laboratories as needed.
Radiographs are taken by passing X-rays through the body and capturing the shadows produced. Your doctor uses radiographs to evaluate and diagnose problems affecting a variety of the organ systems in your pet's body. These include the abdomen, bones and orthopedic problems, heart, lungs, and spine.
With digital radiology, all of this is done without having to develop film. This makes the process much quicker. It also allows your doctor to get better diagnostic images because they can see the image immediately and can then retake any if a patient moved or a better angle is desired. Because it is all digital, this can be done without any extra cost to you.
We use radiographs to help diagnose many conditions including fractured bones, pneumonia, cancerous tumors inside the body, enlarged heart, arthritis, and stones within the urinary tract. With our digital radiography equipment, we are able to immediately send radiographs to specialists like the WSU Veterinary Clinic for evaluation if needed.
Ultrasound is an advanced, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technique that is painless and non-invasive. Using sound waves, a computer image is generated that helps us to evaluate the internal structure of organs and abnormal lesions.
In the abdominal cavity, ultrasound is particularly valuable for imaging the liver, spleen, gall bladder, kidneys, lymph nodes, adrenal glands, and urinary bladder. It is very useful for pregnancy evaluations. We use ultrasound to guide us in diagnostic procedures such as urine collection and the biopsy of internal organs and tumors.
Ultrasound often allows us to detect the spread of cancer, avoiding unnecessary surgery.